Giving up the car
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Admittedly, not entirely by choice. I had some issues with the security system and when I took it into the dealership to get it checked out, the estimate for the cost of repairs got into "more than the car is worth" territory. Not the security system by itself, but other issues that the dealership found, mostly notably wear on the timing belt. (Not an immediate need, but more of a "we have to take it off to get at the thing that needs immediate fixing anyway, and it's gonna need work soon so take care of it now" sort of deal) At any rate, I heard the estimate, choked, and decided that donating the car to charity sounded like a really good idea about now. I'd already been considering getting rid of the car, but before that trip to the dealership, I'd hoped to sell it.
So, it's going to a charity that matches people with disabilities with service dogs and therapy dogs. I'd hoped to have the car picked up today, but the way the scheduling worked out, it got picked up yesterday.
I'm not giving cars up completely. I've signed up with a local car share program ( www.phillycarshar
). I figure the hourly rental will be an incentive to keep usage to a minimum, e.g. monthly trip to the wholesale club for kitty litter and toilet paper, and the occasional trip to Ikea to replace broken furniture.
This should be good for me. I'll do a lot more walking to places I need to go, and I'll probably get a bike for longer distances (Hello exercise). There's lots of mass transit where I am, so unless I get a job that requires an automotive commute, I figure I'm set.